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Planning & Decision Making for Student Success (Mini Version 2015)

Adapted by

Mario Mazzarelli, LBPSB. Adapted from The Leadership and Learning Center's Decision Making For Results (2008).


A framework intended to lead school teams who are motivated to make positive changes through the entire data-driven decision-making process (collecting data, analyzing data, reviewing goals, selecting action/strategies, monitoring and evaluating).


The attached document provides a brief guide listing all of the key components to the data-driven decision-making process and includes reflective questions to consider at every stage.

Context For Use

A guide designed to be used in small group settings to support teachers and administrators to identify strengths and areas of improvement within their school and to create a measurable plan to improve outcomes. This reference tool can be used as a supportive framework to review the data-driven decision making process.


  • Knowledge acquisition - provides school teams with a new way of managing the rich information available about their students and their school to improve outcomes.


  • This document offers support to new Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) or school success teams just embarking on the data-driven decision-making process.
  • It can be used as an introductory tool, as well as for record-keeping purposes.
  • It is ideally used following an introduction to or workshop on data collection and analysis.

Find Out More

Besser, L., Almeida, L., Anderson-Davis, D.M., Flach, T., Kamm, C. & White, S. (2008)Decision making for results: Data-driven decision making (2nd ed.). Englewood, Colorado: Lead + Learn Press, A division of Advanced Learning Centers, Inc.

*Under ownership of new publishers: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 

Parker Boudett, K., City, E. A. & Murnane, R.J. (2005). Data wise: A step-by-step guide to using assessment results to improve teaching and learning​. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Baltimore City Public Schools have created a similar document to support the decision making for results process, including a rubric for the six steps.